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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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Back to the office: what firms are doing

Far from being a complete return to normal, law firms across the country opened their doors a little more this month. How have they been preparing and what can staff expect from their old offices? Slaughter and May Slaughters has been less touchy-feely and more prescriptive than most other firms, telling staff to be in […]

James Quarmby, Stephenson Harwood
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Losing face: Why I need to come out for a second time

By James Quarmby, partner at Stephenson Harwood I first came out as gay to my colleagues as a newly-qualified solicitor in September 1998 when, a few months after joining, I was asked whether I would be bringing my wife or girlfriend to the firm’s Christmas party. This was, I thought, an ideal opportunity to put […]

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